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A Dissonance Between Obamas Words and Actions

In the 3 years Barack Obama has been commander in chief of the US empire, a lot of people have been impressed with Obama's way with words; partly because of the noticeable contrast with with George Bush's practiced malapropisms and deliberate mispronunciations (i.e. "NUKE u lar").

But look closer at Obama's words, and, even more importantly, his actions, to determine how people who care about humanity assess this president.

Bradley Manning Formally Charged, Still No Trial

The Manning prosecution is a tragic miscarriage of justice.  US officials are highly embarrassed by what Manning exposed and are shooting the messenger.  As Glen Greenwald, the terrific Salon writer, has observed, President Obama has prosecuted more whistleblowers for espionage than all other presidents combined.

Drop All Charges Against Bradley Manning! from Veterans for Peace

“Where is the justice?” asks Gerry Condon, a Board member of Veterans For Peace. “The Army is shirking its duty to punish soldiers who have committed rape and murder. Yet they are trying to destroy the life of Bradley Manning, who has not harmed a hair on a person's head.”

Wikileaks Emails: The US Gov't Outsources Political Repression

With multiple media partners, including Rolling Stone, Wikileaks is releasing 5 million emails from the private security company Stratfor. Michael Hastings (whose article led to the firing of General McChrystal from commanding in Afghanistan), writes in Homeland Security Kept Tabs on Occupy Wall Street:

Voices of Conscience Against War on Iran

Aggressive war, against a country that has not attacked the aggressor country, is the supreme war crime.  We said it on February 4 across the nation.  I talked about it outside the US Mission to the UN (see video).

We won't stop saying it.  Here's another chance:

Sunday March 4 in Washington, D.C., when President Obama speaks at the 2012 Convention of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, we'll be there, with a visible anti-war protest, along with Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, and the Occupy movement.

Don't Suppress the Occupy Movement

One Day to Go:
#F28 is Next Step Against Suppression of Occupy Movement
.  Images of incidents of police brutality against peaceful protest need to be seen large, literally projected onto a screen at Union Square. Making this loud and vibrant statement on a stage, and getting the word out to thousands of people, takes funds. $7,800 is needed by Tuesday at midnight. We're all counting on you to make it happen. Click the image below to find out more and fund the #F28 action.

War Criminals March 2012 Appearances and McChrystal Protest

The war criminals are picking up their touring in March:  Bush, Rice, Rove and Yoo are all on the speaker circuit.  So is McChrystal and there's already a big protest planned when he speaks in Baltimore on 3/27.CA and FL are going to be busy, busy - so take a look.  Indianapolis, NYC, DC, Honolulu and Austin will also be visited.John Yoo has 4 CA appearances.  If you plan any protest, please let us know so we may help you publicize and organize it. Downloadable posters are available on our website. www.warcriminalswatch.org

March 2012 War Criminal Appearances - See our webpage for details about each date.

George Bush

3/7/12 – Indianapolis IN

ACT Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement!

ACT  Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement!

Tuesday, February 28 • Union Square  4 pm-Gather; 5 pm-Rally;  6 pm-March

Around the world and in every walk of life, people were heartened by the rise of the Occupy Movement.  In NYC and in almost a thousand US cities people broke through the confines of "protest as usual" and declared "the empire has no clothes!"  A new kind of community in public space was created.  Big questions were raised about what kind of society this is and what it should be. 

WE WILL CONTINUE TO OCCUPY - JOIN US ON FEB 28, A DAY OF RESISTANCE FOR ALL

When World Can't Wait was started in 2005, we issued the Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime, which said in part: "That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn - or be forced - to accept."

This is a lesson which has been learned by people throughout history and around the world, including throughout the Middle East now, and must be understood by people in this country as well.

Bradley Manning to be arraigned at Ft Meade on Feb 23

The US Army last week scheduled a formal arraignment hearing for PFC Bradley Manning, the accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower. The arraignment is scheduled for 1:00 PM EST, February 23, 2012 at Fort Meade, Maryland, just northeast of Washington DC. While the hearing itself is expected to be brief, PFC Manning is expected to be present, and the proceedings are open to the media and public. Washington DC area supporters of the Support Network are encouraged to attend the arraignment.

Court Martial expected in May

Still Locked Away in Guantánamo

Words of a man cleared for release - yet still locked away in Guantánamo:

"Please torture me the old way. Here they destroy people mentally and physically without leaving marks.”
 
Shaker [Aamer] also explained that he "does not expect President Obama to do anything better than his predecessor, President Bush. Presidents are, he thinks, hemmed in by the powers that surround them." In his own words, “The White House is a straitjacket. You just wear it.”

-from
10 Years in Guantánamo: British Resident Shaker Aamer, Cleared for Release But Still Held by Andy Worthington

We Shut Down the Military Recruiting Stations

Yesterday, approximately fifty people including students from Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) along with members of Occupy Wall Street, Veterans For Peace, War Resisters League and World Can't Wait shut down three military recruiting stations that are situated within one block from BMCC and Stuyvesant High School on Chambers St. in Manhattan. Students and others gathered outside the gates of BMCC on Wednesday morning demanding “Stop the Wars, Stop the Recruiters!”

Make Tuesday F28 a Day of Mass Action Everywhere; Stand with Occupy. STOP the Suppression of the Occupy Movement!

World Can't Wait is supporting the Call for Mass Action Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement. It's not only the barricades and batons, constant surveillance, mass arrests, and escalating charges against occupiers. It's the fact that these occupations have been pushed and beaten from public squares, and squeezed into the margins.

Don't wait for "something" to happen in the spring. Join the F28 actions now:

UC Davis November 2011

Protest Obama The War President

Protest the War President 

02.16.2012 - 02.16.2012 17.00

Nob Hill Masonic Center -    1111 California Street San Francisco

 

 

 

Greet Obama and his brokers with a united expression of outrage!

 

 

Droning on... and on, across whole countries... with secret military & CIA programs...

In Air America: Under the Imperial Eye, Chris Floyd reports on the recent revelation that Iraq's supposedly "sovereign airspace" is constantly under surveillance by a network of drones operated by the State Department. Apparently the only reason this news came to light is because of a publicly available government appeal for private bids on the project. Neither we nor Iraqis were meant to know:

"Iraqis were outraged this week to find they are being spied upon by a fleet of American drones hovering constantly in their supposedly sovereign skies, long after the supposed withdrawal of American forces."

NO War on Iran NO Sanctions NO Intervention NO Assassinations

I know I am not the only one to experience déjà vu over the Obama administration's assessment of threats by Iran to the US. James Clapper, Obama's top intelligence officer stated as fact yesterday, according to the New York Times, that:

“some Iranian officials — probably including supreme leader Ali Khamenei — have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime.”

No war on Iran

Documentary "Incident in New Bagdad" up for Academy Award

Congratulations to Director James Spione and Ethan McCord. Ethan is the subject of the film Incident in New Baghdad, nominated for an Academy Award in documentary film.

Don't Suppress the Occupy Movement: 400 Arrested at Occupy Oakland

Saturday, Oakland police in riot gear fired smoke, tear gas, flash bang grenades and rubber bullets at Occupy Oakland protesters trying to take a vacant building this afternoon. Near the Oakland Museum of California, demonstrators had planned to take a building nearby and make it a headquarters. But, police were prepared to stop then from occupying the vacant building. More from Kevin Gostzola in Mass Arrest of Occupy Oakland Protesters After Police Fire Various Weapons.


Sunday night, there were solidarity marches in dozens of cities.

No War on Iran - Nationwide Demontrations - Feb. 4,2012

Many hundreds of you took the Quiz: Iran, Who is the Real Threat?   The percentage of people who got all 7 correct answers from last week's results is 26%, which is much better than the general public.  If you regular readers gave us your mailing address, expect a prize in the mail soon.

Design A Leaflet for Our "Iran: Who is the Real Threat? Quiz"

Calling artists and designers.  We would like you to design a great leaflet for our Iran quiz.  Please send us your layout at info@worldcantwait.org . Thanks!

Political debate in the United States over recent weeks has increasingly focused on when, not if, sanctions and military action will be launched against Iran. How informed are you about the situation?

Please answer all questions.

Iran: Who Is The Real Threat?

 

In 2007, when the Bush regime was threatening to attack Iran, with substantially the same justification that the U.S. is now using to impose sanctions, carry out secret operations, and prepare the population for more war, World Can't Wait made a quiz.  We administered it on dozens of college campuses, and on street corners. 

Close Guantánamo Now

Hi everyone,
I'm writing in the hope that you might be able to publicize the new "Close Guantanamo" campaign, and specifically the petition calling on President Obama to close Guantanamo, which is on the White House's "We the People" website.
The petition is here:https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/close-guantanamo-now/6cMPlxQw
We're seeking to secure 25,000 signatures by February 6, so please, if this concerns you, sign the petition, publicize it, and tell ten of your friends and relations to sign it. With your help, we can reach our target, I'm sure!

NO war NO sanctions NO intervention NO assassinations

This week, more than a dozen anti-war organizations responded to a call by World Can't Wait to plan for a day of Mass Action against war or on sanctions on Iran.  We united on a day, Saturday February 4, for the first action, and a simple set of demands:

Unjust Wars Require Dehumanizing the "Enemy"

Sometimes an event breaks into the mainstream media that reveals the truly brutal, oppressive nature of the armed forces of the US and the wars they are fighting. At a moment when we are being told by the oh-so-rational and humane administration of Barack Obama and Co. that we must line up behind a new aggressive war against an oil-producing Central Asian country, the recently released video of US soldiers urinating on Afghan corpses has exposed the way "our" soldiers view the entire population of the region: as subhuman.

Now we must challenge Americans to not look away from these terrible images, but absorb what these incidents tell us about the essence of what is still happening in our names: unjust, illegitimate violence unleashed by the most powerful against some of the poorest people on the planet.

 

More on the week of action to Close Guantánamo, Stop Indefinite Detentio

Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, New York 300+ cities: Without doubt, last week saw the largest protests yet against the torture and detention policies of the US in Washington, DC.

No War, No Sanctions on Iran!

When Iranian director Asghar Farhadi received the Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Film Sunday night, he said:

When I was coming up on the stage, I was thinking what should I say here. Should I say something about my mother, father, my kind wife, my daughters, my dear friends, my great and lovely crew. But now I just prefer to say something about my people. I think they are a truly peace-loving people. Thank you very much.

January 11, 2012 Demonstration to Close Down Guantánamo Prison on it 10th Anniversary

Yesterday in Washington, we massed in front of all 3 branches of the government reported to represent "freedom and democracy for all." About 800 of us marched from the White House, past the Department of Justice, and stood in front of the Supreme Court, opposite the Capitol. Amnesty International brought a lot of students.

"Close Guantánamo" Campaign & Website are Launched

“Close Guantánamo” Campaign and Website Launches:
Retired Military Personnel, Lawyers Call for the Closure of Guantánamo  After 10 Years

For the 10th anniversary of the opening of the “war on terror” prison at
Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (on Jan. 11), a group of retired military personnel
and lawyers are calling on President Obama to honor his promise to close
the prison, which he made when he took office in January 2009.

Signatories to the mission statement for the “Close Guantánamo” campaign
include: Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Chief of Staff to former Secretary of
State Colin Powell; the Hon. John J. Gibbons, former Chief Judge, U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Gen. David M. Brahms (Ret.); Rear
Adm. Donald J. Guter (Ret.); Rear Adm. John D. Hutson (Ret.); Col. Morris
Davis, former chief prosecutor for the Military Commissions at Guantánamo;
and several lawyers who have been involved in the litigation involving

No to 10 Years of Guantánamo

I hope to see many of you reading this message on Wednesday in Washington, DC, as we dramatically represent the 2,771 men still held indefinitely (89 of whom have even been cleared for release by the U.S. government, yet remain held - no end in sight).

Many others of you will be protesting in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or other places.

Andy Worthington will also be speaking in DC, Chicago, and San Francisco. If you haven't done so already, see the schedule.

Andy Worthington on Guantanamo

Andy Worthington, who is now in the U.S., traveling and speaking about the cases of the men held at the world's most notorious symbol of unjust imprisonment and torture, wrote several days ago:

Drone Replica Installation Outside NYC's Museum of Modern Art

On Friday night December 23, 5 of us set up outside the Museum of Modern Art with a Reaper drone replica.  We handed out flyers to people who were interested in why a replica of a U.S. made drone was on the streets of Manhattan.

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